Asus Announces Padfone, a Smartphone-Tablet Combo
Asus today announced a new product that blends the functionality of both an Android smartphone with an Android tablet. The Padfone features an Android smartphone that docks inside a slate-style tablet device. The tablet device offers a bigger screen, stereo speakers, and an extended battery, but the operating system and core features are provided by the smartphone. Asus says the operating system can transition seamlessly between the phone and tablet when the phone is inserted. Asus points out that this will allow users to "eliminate data transfer" as all the data and media are kept on the smartphone and don't need to be installed/replicated on the tablet. It also supports the smartphones cellular capabilities without the need for a second SIM card/data subscription, and the pad can be used to charge the phone's battery when needed. Asus shared few other details, but indicated that it is targeting a holiday launch for the product.
carriers won't be happy...
They have a good selling point
I know you can have the phone plans with the "Turn your phone into a hotspot" now days but me personally don't know how fast and reliable that type of browsing is.
Overall I think it was a innovative idea, so thumbs up to Asus for thinking outside the box.
I have a Transformer, and love it. The only thing that concerns me about this, is whats the phone like. Its like being lost in the rhetoric. Think about it, the actual phone is going to be used far more then the pad in most cases.
Will this sell unlocked?
Is there a price on this yet.
thats a good idea.